Created in 2013, Articulate Theatre has quickly grown to become one of New York Independent theaters of note. Following in the footsteps of Circle Rep Theater, Articulate is one of the few remaining ensemble theatres companies. We are as proud of the artists we assist to create theatre, as we are of our own productions. We are extremely happy to be able to join the team of Jeannette and assist with the journey to the National Music Theater Conference at this summer's O'Neill festival!
CREATOR / COMPOSER + LYRICIST ARI AYESHA AFSAR
Ari Ayesha Afsar is a singer/songwriter with placements
on ABC, Disney, and an On-Demand feature. A graduate
of Ethnomusicology Jazz from UCLA, Afsar just released
her debut EP, "Somewhere I Thought I'd Be." Most recently
she opened for Michelle Obama at the Shrine Auditorium, performed at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and opened for the ACLU national conference in D.C. She was the original Eliza Hamilton in Chicago's production of Hamilton, Miss California 2010, top 10 at Miss America 2011, a top 36 American Idol Alum, and currently stars in a SXSW-award winning series. She has been an advocate/performer/and public speaker for The Women's March, The Social Innovation Summit, Nexus Global, The University of Chicago, The MoveOn rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, and The United State of Women.
BOOKWRITER LAUREN M. GUNDERSON
Lauren M. Gunderson continues to be one of the most produced playwrights in America after topping the list in 2018. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award (for I and You and The Book of Will), winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award. She is also a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company where she is the Playwright in Residence. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US and UK. She co-authored Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Margot Melcon, which was one of the most produced plays in America in 2017. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit Pursued By A Bear, The Taming, and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists (The Revolutionists, The Book of Will, Silent Sky, Bauer, Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon is now available on Amazon and she is working on a major motion picture. LaurenGunderson.com and @LalaTellsAStory
DIRECTOR ERIN ORTMAN
Erin is a NYC–based director, creator, and equalist. She directed two widely recognized Off-Broadway productions in 2018-2019, One Thousand Nights and One Day by Marisa Michaelson and Jason Grote, and Real by Rodrigo Noguiera. She is developing new work with Tony Award winning producer Adam Zotavich, Obie Lifetime Achievement recipient Caridad Svich, Tony Award nominee Alexander Gemignani, Extraordinary Achievement Visa recipient Rodrigo Noguiera and Ugandan playwright Jedidiah Maguraru, currently at the U.N. She is directing Jeannette by Lauren Gunderson and Ari Afsar, which will receive extensive development at The Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference this summer. Her current concert work includes Hear Her Song, a series of songs written by women serving as acts of resistance, which will be playing Joe’s Pub and The Kennedy Center in 2020, as well as JR Unplugged, a concert with music by Ari Afsar inspired by the life of Jeannette Rankin. She has developed new plays and musicals with many acclaimed theatre companies including The Roundabout, LAByrinth, Ars Nova, Pipeline, Pan Asian Rep, The Prospect Theater Company, New Georges, New York Stage and Film, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Sheen Center and The Lincoln Center Director's Lab, among others. Her unique directorial style was highlighted on HowlRound last April.
MUSIC DIRECTOR MARY-MITCHELL CAMPBELL
A 1996 Furman University graduate, Mary-Mitchell Campbell has served as Music Director for Broadway's Mean Girls, The Prom, and Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway, and prepared orchestrations for Sweet Charity starring Sutton Foster. She has also lent music direction and orchestrations to Tuck Everlasting, Finding Neverland, Company (Drama Desk Award win for Orchestrations), and Allegro (Drama Desk Award nomination for Orchestrations) among many others. Also to Campbell’s credit are numerous philanthropic efforts including her founding of ASTEP-Artists Striving to End Poverty. Performers for the star-studded gala in February included Chenoweth, Jonathan Groff, Tituss Burgess, Debra Monk, and Raúl Esparza.
MUSIC DIRECTOR MEG ZERVOULIS
Meg Zervoulis is a versatile music director, arranger, educator, and pianist in the NYC/NJ area. Broadway: The Prom (Music Director), Mean Girls, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, Head Over Heels. Other Selected New Works: Buñuel (Public Theatre) by Stephen Sondheim, Kooman and Dimond’s Dani Girl in the ASCAP/Disney Workshop, Other World by Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, and Ann McNamee, Stu for Silverton (NAMT 2014) by Peter Duchan and Breedlove, Teeth (Sundance 2017) by Anna Jacobs and Michael Jackson, and Andrea Grody’s Strange Faces (directed by John Rando). She also helms Hotel Elefant, a chamber ensemble in NYC, and played keyboard for the Big Apple Circus. Meg frequently appears as pianist/bandleader all over the country with the Nunziata Twins (www.willandanthony.com) and Bryce Pinkham. She is also on the rosters of Sing for Hope, Sing for Your Seniors and Concerts in Motion. She has been the musical theatre accompanist for National YoungArts Week for the past two years, in collaboration with Michael McElroy. Meg is a proud member of the Lilly Power Network and Local 802 AFM.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JEN BENDER
Jen Bender is the president of Quick Brown Fox Productions and Creative Development Consultant for Lively McCabe Entertainment. She was Senior Vice President of Production and Development for The Araca Group, and served as Director of Programming for the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) which she co-founded in 2004. Prior to her career as a producer, Jen worked extensively as a director in New York and around the world. Her Broadway credits as Resident and Associate Director include The Lion King, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Wedding Singer, Steel Magnolias, and Avenue Q. She directed the world-premiere of Do You Hear the People Sing: The Dream Concert by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg featuring Lea Salonga, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Terrence Mann, and Stephanie J. Block at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX, and toured internationally as the Assistant Artistic Director of Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo.